Latest Alabama state government News

Ivey plans special session in October on redistricting

Oct. 14, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers will gather later this month to draw new legislative and congressional district lines, a process undertaken every 10 years after census numbers are released, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday. The special session will begin Oct....

2 inmates killed within a week in state prisons

Oct. 12, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two inmates were killed within a week in reported assaults in Alabama prisons, a system that is facing a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit over excessive violence. Kristi Simpson, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Corrections,...

The Latest: Alabama Gov. Ivey extends help for hospitals

Oct. 09, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has extended through the end of the October a COVID-19 state of emergency that relaxes some health care regulations to help hospitals with coronavirus patients. The order was scheduled to expire Tuesday. The order was aimed at...

Ivey extends ‘limited’ COVID-19 health emergency to Oct. 31

Oct. 09, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has extended through the end of the month a COVID-19 state of emergency that relaxes some health care regulations. The order was scheduled to expire Tuesday. Ivey first ordered the “limited,...

Alabama town's ex-police chief accused of domestic violence

Oct. 07, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The former police chief for a town in south-central Alabama faces multiple charges of domestic violence. In a news release Thursday, Attorney General Steve Marshall said former Lockhart Police Chief Franklin Jackson, 50, of Lockhart, surrendered...

Governor's top aide among finalists for USA presidency

Oct. 07, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The chief of staff of Gov. Kay Ivey, former U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, is among three finalists to become president of the University of South Alabama, the school said Thursday. Bonner, who represented the Mobile area while in Congress, is the younger...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Oct. 06, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

Dothan Eagle. October 5, 2021. Editorial: A cautionary tale Municipalities around the state should pay close attention to a cautionary tale unfolding in the city of Mobile, where a runoff election this week offered voters an unusual choice between a...

Alabama bypasses bid process to move fast on prison builds

Oct. 04, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama intends to move quickly on building new prisons under a plan that taps pandemic relief funds and could skip the normal bidding process for the construction of two supersize facilities. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday signed into law the...

Officer dies after he and another shot in line of duty

Oct. 02, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer who was shot in a recent confrontation with a gunman who also wounded another officer died Saturday from his wounds, his department said. Sheffield Police Sgt. Nick Risner, 40, died at Huntsville Hospital where he was...

Alabama city adds Juneteenth as holiday for its employees

Oct. 02, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city is giving its employees an additional paid holiday after its City Council voted to recognize Juneteenth. The holiday marks June 19, 1865, when federal troops entered Galveston, Texas, some two months after the Civil War ended. The...